Russians Make iPad-Controlled Car

Posted in iPad, Miscellaneous on 26/03/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


If you’ve ever seen Tomorrow Never Dies, you’ll know this is cool. Remember the scene where Bond gets out his phone, controls his BMW remotely to get away from the bad guys before sending it flying off a building into the Avis rent-a-car below?

That’s what some Russians can potentially do with a much less glamourous Opel Vectra, and a third gen iPad. Announced on their blog (via MacRumors), they modded the Vectra to control all the key aspects of it via the iPad, allowing complete remote control.

From their blog:

Control through internet will be added a little bit later, when it becomes warmer, since the weather turned out to be the main problem. While doing tests outside, I froze like a dog. Besides, the tablet screen quickly becomes wet and fingers numb and lose sensitivity, making tapping on the screen more difficult. Also, in the street it’s difficult to see clearly the picture from the rear view mirror – the screen brightness is not sufficient. Plus the windshield is quickly covered with snow.

Internet control would be completely awesomely unbelievable, and extremely dangerous. In fact, considering the reputation Russians have for driving, it’s dangerous enough without internet, and in the middle of nowhere.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.